A trooper of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) allegedly sacrificed himself by slitting his throat in Jharkhand’s famous century old Kali Temple in Rajrappa, around 70, kilometers from the state capital, Ranchi, on Tuesday.
The victim has been identified as Santosh Nath, a resident of Balihar village in Bihar’s Buxar district. He was posted in Hazaribagh camp of the armed forced. Hazaribagh is one of the 22 districts of the state affected by left-wing terrorism. The CRPF is deployed in the state for anti-insurgency operations.
According to eyewitness, the deceased after performing his prayers took out a sharp weapon and slit himself with a dagger in front of the final-entrance gate (Garva Griha) of the Kali-temple.
The temple popularly known as Rajrappa Kali-mandir is dedicated to headless deity of Goddess Chinnamastika who holds a scimitar and a severed head in another is situated on the confluence of Bairavi and Damodar rivers. According to ancient Hindu scriptures the temple is referred as a Shakti Peeth.
According to a local priest, Nath had entered the temple to puja offer after the shrine opened for devotees at 6am. Nath stood upright at the Garva Graha area from where the deity of Goddess Kali was clearly visible.
General secretary of the Rajrappa Temple’s Panda Samiti Subhashish Panda told the media that the deceased chanted some mantras which were not audible and suddenly pulled out a dagger hidden in a towel and slit himself.
Few people who witnessed the incident alerted the temple committee. “The temple members on reaching the Garva Griha found that the deceased was lying in pool of blood.”
Rajrappa police station officer-in-charge Atin Kumar said, “In prima facie the incident seems to be a case of suicide.”
Ramgarh Police said that a piece of paper was recovered from the deceased’s possession. The paper detailed his name, residential address and telephone numbers of his family members.
Soon after the incident the temple was closed for devotees.